Jeff Graham

Jeff Graham

Jeff Graham is leaving his post as president of Civic San Diego, the city’s project and planning oversight agency for downtown and other neighborhoods, to become a senior vice president in the San Diego office of commercial real estate services company Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

In a letter sent to Civic San Diego officials Feb. 19, executive board Chair Cynthia Morgan said Graham has tendered his resignation effective March 7.

“Jeff has conveyed that it was an extremely difficult decision; however, he feels that it is an opportunity that he can’t pass up,” Morgan said.

She said Graham and senior staff have been working on a transition plan to include an interim management team, and the agency is looking to name a permanent replacement for Graham within six months.

Jones Lang LaSalle is holding off on an announcement until Graham officially joins the company. Published reports indicate that Graham will be senior vice president for public institutions in JLL’s western division and will remain in San Diego.

Graham served during the past seven years as vice president and more recently as president of the nonprofit Civic San Diego, originally focused on downtown redevelopment and previously known as Centre City Development Corp., or CCDC.

Civic San Diego, now overseeing projects throughout the city, was formed as a successor agency after the state of California disbanded community redevelopment agencies in 2012.